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NYC DOT encourages contactless parking payments

In an effort to reduce people spreading germs by touching parking meters, the city of New York is encouraging all residents and visitors to pay for parking using an app. 

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The ParkMobile app has been made available alongside the city’s current ParkNYC app
The ParkMobile app has been made available alongside the city’s current ParkNYC app

In an effort to reduce people spreading germs by touching city parking meters during the Covid-19 outbreak, the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) is encouraging all residents and visitors to pay for parking using an app.

 

The contactless Pay-By-Cell option protects the safety of both DOT’s workforce and the public by reducing physical interactions and discouraging cash payments at the city’s 14,000 meters.

 

Additional app

 

To help increase mobile parking app usage and adoption, the city is adding the availability of the ParkMobile app, in addition to the city’s current ParkNYC app.

 

ParkNYC: available for free download in the Apple Store or Google Play, it allows account holders to pay for parking at any metered parking space on a new pay-as-you-go basis with no additional fees after loading an initial $25 wallet balance. The app was used for more than 22 million parking transactions last year.

 

ParkMobile: to enhance the Pay-by-Cell programme and encourages contactless transactions, DOT is temporarily offering the option to use the nationwide ParkMobile app for single transactions, for a 15-cent per transaction fee. While meters will continue to accept coins and credit cards, it wants to encourage all customers to consider their own safety and the safety of city workers – and opt for mobile payments. The app accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

"Please help us reduce the need to physically service parking meters and collect, sanitise and securely store cash during this crisis."

"DOT is asking all New Yorkers who can to switch to Pay-By-Cell, which will reduce the need for physical cash transactions at our 14,000 parking meters. Contactless Pay-By-Cell reduces exposure risk for the public and our workforce," said DOT commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

 

"Please help us reduce the need to physically service parking meters and collect, sanitise and securely store cash during this crisis."

 

New York City’s parking meters remain in effect to encourage kerb turnover, which supports deliveries and essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and medical providers.

 

The availability of parking meters also discourages double parking, which enhances safety.

 

Zone numbers on Muni-Meter decals and under parking signage will work in both apps.

 

ParkMobile’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the US, including seven of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums.

 

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